Newcastle seem willing to go higher than the £8M they are reported to have bid for Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert yesterday and seem willing to increase that bid to £10M.
Newcastle have a number of players who are said to be close to signing and manager Rafa Benitez wants to get a few of them over the line before the season starts at Fulham next Friday night.
Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert
Newcastle want to sign a left-back, central midfielder, striker and winger and it looks like Knockaert is our number one choice for winger.
As we reported yesterday, Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom and manager Chris Hughton do not want to sell any of their best players from last season as they mount another promotion challenge in the coming season.
Knockaert only signed for Brighton in January from Standard Liege on a three and a half year contract, so Brighton are well positioned to hold out for a higher fee for their French winger.
With the transfer prices having gone up big time this summer and likely to keep increasing, £10M may not be a bad price for a player who has loads of skill and can score goals too.
The other thing Newcastle will be hoping for is that Anthony is keen to join the Rafa revolution going on at Newcastle and join a club that we hope will be going places with Rafa Benitez in charge.
That lure to work with an established world-class manager has worked well with the six signings we have already made this summer.
We hope we can get Anthony to the club within the next 48 hours, but Norwich will not want to sell one of their best players to a club who will also be challenging for a promotion spot in the coming season.
This is what we published back in December, 2011 when Newcastle were thought to be close to signing Knockhaert from Guingamp.
What do you think?